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Monument

 

Thomas Gray, Chief Clerk of the Wreck Department of the Board of Trade in London, visited Barra in 1866, and wrote a damning report about the treatment of wrecks and other matters.  He was told about the plundering of the Annie Jane’s survivors’ possessions.

Extract taken from, The Wreck of the Annie Jane.

” I learnt that the dead were buried in two holes packed like herrings in a barrel. There is no mark not even a rail or bit of wood where these bodies are buried. I should like to see a stone erected to mark where the victims of one of the saddest wrecks of our time lie interred.”

Despite Gray’s wish for a monument or fence around the spot where so many bodies were interred, it would remain unmarked for almost twenty years. In 1881, a granite memorial was put up on the spot where it still stands in a commanding position above the beach.